The bulk of Ramona’s work, consisting of contemporary Southwest landscape oil paintings, is known for its sense of serenity and distinctive color. Her work has been sold through galleries in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Ramona was featured in the May 2009 issue of Southwest Art in a cover piece describing contemporary modern artists. She has had numerous one-woman shows and has been in multiple group exhibits. Ramona also owned and operated her own art gallery from 2002 until 2009 where her work was featured along with other Arizona artists.
Ramona spent much of her early art career in independent study and studying at the university level. In 1989 she received her degree in Art Education at Northern Arizona University graduating summa cum laude and receiving an award for her outstanding achievements in art and design. She then went on to teach in an after-school arts program and later taught oil painting at the Sedona Arts Center.
The scenery of Arizona and New Mexico has served as an inspiration for the bulk of Ramona’s landscape paintings. Her paintings are an elegant statement revealing the jewel-like color of the desert as seen through her eyes. Her brushwork and palette knife work show the influence of Impressionism. Ramona’s portfolio also contains colorful abstract painting and southwestern figurative imagery.
Ramona works out of her in-home studio in Clarkdale, AZ. She is currently a member of Made In Clarkdale which has an annual artist showcase each December. Ramona is also a member of the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition which does two-yearly Open Studio Tours. Ramona’s work may also be seen at Zen Mountain Gallery in Jerome, AZ, and Hart of AZ in Old Town Cottonwood, AZ. To see more of Ramona’s work and learn more about her, visit her website at www.stitesbiz.com